An aggravating aspect of the hype surrounding tomorrow night’s interim title tilt between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz has been the shadow of welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre looming over the match-up, particularly in the case of the UFC trying to build up an eventual bout with Diaz despite Condit having an equally good chance at earning the spot.
However, what may have annoyed fans has been motivation for Condit who is excited about the prospect of throwing the MMA world a curve ball by taking out the Stockton scrapper and spoiling any anticipated action between St. Pierre-Diaz.
“It’s been a crazy roller-coaster, these last few months. First I was fighting B.J. Penn, then Georges St. Pierre for the belt, now Nick Diaz for the interim belt,” explained Condit at an open workout for UFC 143. “I just know I am ready. I’m ready to spoil the plans for GSP to come back and fight Diaz. I understand Diaz has said things to upset Georges, I understand he wants to fight him, but it won’t be next. When GSP comes back, I will be the interim champion.”
See if Condit lives up to his words on Saturday night when he meets Diaz on the 10:00 PM EST PPV portion of the card. Prelims start at 7:00 PM EST on Facebook/FX.
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MMATraining Take: I’m picking Diaz to win but not discounting Condit in the least bit. I’m also glad Condit (as well as Diaz) have both called out the UFC for disrespecting their fight in a sense by constantly inserting GSP into the equation.